Justice League #50

Justice League #50

Event\Storyline: Darkseid War Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 25, 2016 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 35
8.8Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

This is it!! The massive, 48-page conclusion to the critically-acclaimed "DARKSEID WAR" can hardly be contained between two covers! Don't miss the final fates of the world's greatest heroes and villains, along with world-changing revelations for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. It doesn't get bigger than this as DC's monthly super hero event comic sets the stage for the next year and beyond!

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith May 25, 2016

    By comparison to DC Rebirth #1, this was an easy review to write. Johns is leaving monthly comics at the top of his game, but hes been at the top for nearly as long as I can remember. From Flash to Teen Titans to JSA to Green Lantern to Justice League, Geoff Johns has consistently given us the most heroic of heroes, the most challenging of circumstances, and the emotional connection with all of it so that everything every page matters. Thats what we have in Justice League #50. Thats what weve had with the entire epic of Darkseid. And Gods willing, well have it all again from him real soon. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Casey Walsh May 25, 2016

    Justice League #50 is the perfect end to what in my opinion was the best comic book series of the New 52. Johns simply understands the comic book medium and what makes it special and every ounce of his knowledge and fandom spews from the pages of Darkseid War Part 10. It's a must read issue that will only further your excitement for the future of DC comics and its universe. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 25, 2016

    Darkseid War has been a great story that's been allowed to be told at its own pace. We get some big payout as Geoff Johns unleashes some things that will play out in big ways in the post-Rebirth Universe. Jason Fabok's art and Brad Anderson's colors make this a gorgeous issue with plenty of rad moments. Despite how long the story's been, you'll still wish you could have more. Johns does a fantastic job with that. The volume ends with a bang. There may be some unanswered questions that will lead into the Rebirth titles, and that's totally fine with me. A big thanks to Geoff Johns for 50 great issues. He's been joined by so many talented artists and colorists. This issue and DC Universe: Rebirth should really get fans excited for what's headed our way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little May 27, 2016

    "Justice League" #50 has its cake, eats it, threatens to use it to rule the universe, then winds up saving it, only to show us another cake that may be even better so we're even hungrier than before. It's an epic conclusion to Johns' tenure with the series and the best it's been since Grant Morrison and Howard Porter's "JLA" 20 years ago. If the rumors are true that Johns is stepping away from writing comics because of his current job responsibilities, it's a bummer but a hell of punctuation mark for this stage of his career. Between this issue and "Rebirth," he didn't just drop the mic -- he lit the stage on fire, tore down the PA systems and dared the rest of the DC writers to top that. It's going to be a challenge to do so. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jun 1, 2016

    Justice League number fifty is an absolute must read book for DC fans that combines the best of DC's most iconic heroes with arguably some of its best talent. This is a storyline that I can't wait to read again as a complete tale in one single sitting. Much like Rebirth, this issue exceeded my expectations and has me excited for this team to embark on their new journey in the Rebirth era! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 27, 2016

    Hopefully the next version of this title will have better success keeping the band together. But at least this issue brings the cast together for a final, cosmic-sized battle for the fate of the Earth. What fun! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 25, 2016

    If anyone wanted to see how to kick off a summer event series this is it. Not only is this issue captivating, exciting and interesting, it's very good at establishing a new direction for many different stories. That requires a good balance between stories and at its core strong character development. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley May 27, 2016

    "Justice League" #50 is a non-stop rollercoaster ride that does not waste any of its pages. Words, art, and colors are a whirlwind of revelation and emotion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray May 24, 2016

    At the end of his Green Lantern run, Johns showed us a forecast of events that were yet to come, not just challenging the next writer to top him, but throwing down the gauntlet and roadmap to ensure his will be done. With a cliffhanger ending of sorts, Johns does something similar here, although it's the fate of the entire DC Universe and not just Hal Jordan's world that hangs in the balance. Of course, Johns also accompanies this issue with his DC Universe Rebirth this week, and there is a literal death and rebirth in the pages of Justice League. With these two books, Johns has set a solid course for the future of the DCU, and the publisher just needs to find an equally set of safe hands to guide it forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph May 25, 2016

    If you have fond memories of his Green Lantern finale, you know Johns can deliver a conclusion that few others can. This is no exception. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Bill Heuer May 27, 2016

    Overall, the issue was great, but as the ending to Darkseid War, I thought it could have been stronger. There seemed to be such a motivation to set up all these characters' paths in Rebirth that they did not focus enough on the actual story that they had built up. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 25, 2016

    As disappointing as it is that Geoff Johns is shifting away from writing comics, at least he's going out on an incredible high note. This issue serves as a fitting cap to both the "Darkseid War" storyline and Johns' Justice League run as a whole. It's crammed with great moments and proves yet again that Fabok is one of the true rising stars of the industry. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans May 26, 2016

    There are triumphant moments, some silly moments, but altogether satisfying moments in Johns/Fabok's dismount on Justice League before DC Rebirth. With a few dips in certain storylines, since the beginning, Justice League has been one of the most consistent books in DC's catalog and this issue was a fitting end to it all. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Dennis Mui May 26, 2016

    In spite of these problems, JUSTICE LEAGUE #50 does a great job leading into DC's REBIRTH. The issue presents problems and questions for each member of the Justice League that will no doubt continue in the new REBIRTH event. The landscape has now effectively changed, and it'll be interesting to see how DC Comics handles the new storylines to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 25, 2016

    The epic conclusion to the Darkseid War comes at us fast and heavy with everything that it throws at us and even though I found myself pondering if all of it made sense, since this is trying to cram everything it can into this ending, I found myself enjoying it nonetheless and even craving for more.  Really though, with Geoff Johns spinning a yarn the way only he does, accompanied with Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson on art and color detail........ you really can't go wrong.  This is a really awesome issue overall that really gets me excited for what Rebirth will bring in June. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault May 25, 2016

    And Justice League, the entire run, is certainly a worthy entry into that canon of Geek Mythology. Theres an architectonic structure to the series fifty issues, everything perfectly planned from the start. It begins as it ends, Earths heroes united against the God of Evil, and yet there is real progression to the plot. Whereas Darkseids first invasion was spurred by his search for his bastard daughter, only in these final issues do we finally meet Grail, seeing the series events as part of her plot all along. The Trinity War, Forever Evil, all of it came down to recreating Darkseid anew as the son of the Crime Syndicate, imbibed with Anti-Life and a pantheon of other powers. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 25, 2016

    While this closes one chapter, it feels like it opens up more as it sets the stage for the next year and beyond! It's an exciting issue that's oversized in every way, both good and bad, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 27, 2016

    Very enjoyable but $5.99 for 42 pages is too much for what's given. The final 12 pages were set ups for spin-offs and don't contribute to this saga, even for a coda. This was a story that did go on too long, but is wrapped up well. Will probably have a stronger appeal when read in one sitting without ads. Good, but pricey! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas May 28, 2016

    Why so much death in the wake of life? So that there might be life in the aftermath of death. So that there might be, yes, REBIRTH. Whether planned or not, THE DARKSEID WAR has become the prelude to Johns' next fugue. Or, more exactly, it is Johns launching of an fugue for others to take up. But the the themes of birth in a major key and death in a minor have been clearly sounded. The next chord begins the new symphony. And the first movement is DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald May 25, 2016

    Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok close out their epic with this issue, and despite a few issues I have with the narrative, I still found this book to be good. Darkseid War in its entirety is what I find really special though. This story is easily one of the best things to come out of the New 52, and if you don't read it, you're missing out. Thank you Johns and Fabok for creating such a fun story. I can't wait to see what's coming in Rebirth! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church May 26, 2016

    The Darkseid War concluded with a bang. Johns once again displayed his competency as a writer and his understanding of all the characters within the Justice League and was helped by Fabok and Anderson's great art. While this ends the Justice League's time in The New 52, Johns does leave open some intriguing new doors for several of the characters, namely Batman, Wonder Woman and Jessica Cruz, to be explored by other writers. His time on Justice League has been epic and The Darkseid War may be some of the best work he's given fans yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher May 26, 2016

    The pace and polish in Justice League #50 keep Darkseid Wars from broaching that iconic status. It's still a story that hits all the right notes, evokes the right drama, and balances the right themes. It just doesn't fit together in a cohesive, comprehensive manner in the end. It's a flavorful desert of sorts, being the Justice League story that caps off the New 52 era. It's not completely filling, but it's still very satisfying and previews the menu for DC Comics' next big feast with Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy May 25, 2016

    The final issue for John's and Fabok's Justice League was a bit of a mess, that didn't lack any explosiveness but rather lacked the substance. Perhaps it was foolish of me to expect something like that for this bombastic of an issue. Either way it's finally over and now we can get on with the Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    ComickerPerson May 25, 2016

    A dull and overly drawn-out conclusion that has to reiterate every little thing on the page, so that readers don't get confused.

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  • 5.5
    Gizmo May 28, 2016

    *Spoilers ahead* Oh man, where do I start with this? Geoff Johns throws in everything but the kitchen sink and I admit that it's impressive how it all clicks together, but some things just don't make sense. The baby is a weird wildcard, his power set seems to come from his father, but I don't know why the Crime Syndicate would assume that he'd specifically inherit that genetically... Well, I guess he did anyway, and his powers can be activated by someone else holding him and speaking the magic word, which is dumb and makes no sense, but it's necessary in order to move the plot in the direction Johns wants, so the reader just has to go with it. Then things get weird with Grail calling the baby her daddy, which would make about as much sense as her calling Lex Luthor her daddy. I'm sorry, does holding all of Darkseid's powers actually resurrect Darkseid? And if she wanted him dead, why does she now want to bring him back? Everything with Grail, Darkseid, and the baby, it's all a huge mess. The stuff with Jessica is something I'm excited for. The narration notes how the other lanterns are confused why this sector needs another lantern. What's that all about? There was no lantern from the Earth sector killed, why would Jessica be bound to Earth's sector? Seems to be another contrived plot device that the reader is expected to roll with. Maybe Green Lanterns: Rebirth will explain it. I'm glad that Batman hasn't forgotten about the Joker and that his new knowledge is going to lead somewhere, but it's not the knowledge we were promised. Another weakness in the book is how Wonder Woman needs to narrate everything because no human being can follow what's happening otherwise. It works, but it's an obvious crutch that takes me out of the story. DC, JUST DO A SUMMARY PAGE! It would cut down on all the crappy exposition in every comic. Overall, this is a wild ride of a conclusion, it certainly opens a lot of doors for Rebirth, it's just too contrived.

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  • 10
    Supes' soups May 25, 2016

    I just might like Fabok's art ever so slightly more than Jim Lee's. This issue is a finale but it sets up so many other stroylines that it may as well have been Rebirth #0. Also where was Aquaman, the entire Darkseid War?? Did he just call in sick? I mean Justice League members do get sick days right? I am a little creeped out by one thing though... Grail hated her father, Darkseid enough to bring Anti-Monitor to kill him, she then uses a bunch of hocus pocus to bring back a bigger, meaner, badder version of her father who ends up getting killed faster than the previous version, only to use even more hocus pocus to bring her father, Darkseid back as a baby...against her naked body?? Is this weird to anybody else??

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  • 10
    Jeff Andrew May 25, 2016

    All I gotta say is FREAKIN BABY DARKSEID !

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  • 9.5
    Joe May 25, 2016

    An enjoyable, epic climax to the very end. This issue sets up a lot of story threads, and I look forward to reading what occurs with them all.

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  • 10
    Batman is King May 28, 2016

    An explosive and epic finale to the Darkseid War. The issue shows great storytelling and understanding of its characters while also providing new twists to their lives. It's hard not to love the issue simply due to Fabok's art. Honestly though its the storytelling an action sequences that elevate this comic to new heights.

  • 10
    JBL Reviews May 30, 2016

    So much awesome

  • 9.5
    pocketmegar Jun 7, 2016

    An amazing conclusion to the best story arc of this title. Always surprising, always epic, always brilliantly paced. Johns and Fabok at the top of their art. What more could you ask for ?

  • 6.5
    Atomichound Jul 9, 2016

    This review is for the total storyline, not just this issue. Overstuffed, drawn out and a labor to read at times - but with some neat things thrown in, as well. I found the end of the chapters to be compelling, more so than the events that led up to them. This could have been scaled back to about 6 issues, simplified and been an all time epic. In short, this should have been DC's Kree-Skrull War. Instead, it's like watching the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, wondering how in the world the contestants are supposed to process all that input without a "reversal". Art is outstanding and bumps up the overall score.

  • 6.5
    Whateverman Jul 17, 2016

    I liked this arc a lot right up until this issue. Meh. This and the Rebirth one-shot were both letdowns far as I'm concerned. I'm weird that way.

  • 1.0
    Mister Bungle May 26, 2016

    Lies. The Joker's name was never actually revealed.

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